TV Ratings Sunday: Football Beats Baseball,'Revenge' & 'The Mentalist' Up, 'Once Upon A Time & '666 Park Avenue' Down

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October 15th, 2012


Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 5.6/14 2.7/7 2.2/6 2.1/5 1.1/3
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 4.8/14 2.5/7 1.5/4 1.6/5 0.8/2
Total Viewers (million) 14.703 8.078 10.412 7.010 2.906


Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Football), CBS (Football Overtime) FOX (NFL Overtime and MLB Baseball) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

NBC was number one among adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On NBC, Sunday Night Football (Packers/Texans)  from 8:30-11:00PM earned a 6.9 adults 18-49  rating, up 11% from last week's 6.2 fast nationals.

On FOX, NFL Overrun earned a 6.2 adults 18-49 rating. The OT earned a 4.4 adults 18-49 rating. The MLB Baseball playoffs earned a 1.9 among adults 18-49.

On ABC,  America's Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 7%  from last week's 1.5. Once Upon A Time garnered a 3.0 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% from last week's 3.4. Most of your predictions were a little optimistic.  Revenge scored a 2.7 ,up 4% from last week's 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. 666 Park Avenue scored a 1.5 down 12% from last week's 1.7 rating

On CBS, the start of all primetime shows were delayed approximately 22 minutes due to Football overtime, increasing the likelihood that the ratings will be adjusted in the finals. From 7-8PM,  60 Minutes/Football earned a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating, down from last week's 3.6. The Amazing Race matched last week's 2.6adults 18-49 rating. The Good Wife scored a  1.7 adults 18-49 rating, even with last week. The Mentalist earned a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up 25% from last week's series low of  1.6.


Broadcast primetime ratings for Sunday, October 14, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (Millions)
7:00 FOX NFL Football -Live 6.2/18 17.05
CBS Football Overrun - Live/60 Minutes 2.6/7 12.56
NBC Football Night in America Past 1 - Live 1.9/5 5.73
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos 1.4/4 5.77
7:30 FOX The OT - Live 4.4/12 11.59
NBC  Football Night in America Part 2 - Live 3.3/9 9.08
8:00 NBC  Football Night in America Part 3 - Live  5.3/14 14.23
ABC Once Upon A Time 3.0/7 9.14
FOX MLB Baseball: Cardinals at Giants (8-11PM) - Live 1.9/5 6.00
CBS The Amazing Race 2.6/6 9.42
8:30 NBC NFL Football : Packers at Texans  Live (8:30-11PM) 6.9/16 17.72
9:00 ABC Revenge 2.7/6 8.21
CBS The Good Wife 1.7/4 9.04
10:00 CBS The Mentalist 2.0/5 10.62
ABC 666 Park Avenue 1.5/4 4.92

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.



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  • Mark

    I don’t understand how people can call OUAT ratings great! And then talk bad about Revenge’s numbers. It is only 3 tenths below OUAT. Plus Revenge moved from 10pm on a different night where it was pulling low 2’s in the spring. In my opinion, Revenge is doing great too.

  • SMG4E

    So far, I think Revenge’s ratings have been great. Although, I don’t know how it’s scoring with me, personally. Each episode is becoming more and more confusing and muddled. It’s getting to where I instinctively look up the episode summaries right after I watch the show. A serialized drama should put your brain to work, but this is becoming too much. I’ll give it a couple more episodes, but if it doesn’t shape up, I’m gonna stop watching.

  • Mike

    @Mark Only trolls are calling Revenges ratings bad, it is doing great as is OUAT, they both have very little worry for a third season.

  • michael in cmh

    OUAT is still second in it’s time slot. Why all the panic? It’s going against Sunday Night Football for goodness sakes!

  • Kavyn

    I’m with Ultima, I HIGHLY doubt 666 is flopping because of it’s name.

    The show itself is actually really great, and the only complaint I’ve ever really heard about the show is that it’s basically not AHS (which they can’t do anyways). The drama itself is great, the creepiness is creepy enough to keep you interested, and there’s always a weekly storyline to show us how wicked the building really is.

    I’ll admit though that the pilot was a little boring, but it really does just get better each week.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman


    666 park avenue *Canceled* (will remaining episodes still planning to air..)

    Las Resort *Gets full season with a twist* (will get 7 additional episodes and will air after Greys anatomy during mid season”

    More like this just in from your imagination.

    Please do not post fake news like this in our comments

  • Alex

    Once again,not concerned at all about OUAT. Look at the competition – it was the only actual scripted show up against football and baseball. What’s with all the football at the same time all of a sudden? Doesn’t look good for 666 though.

  • Kristopher

    Glad to see Revenge rose (hope it stabilizes around the 2.7 mark now), and I also heard Homeland rated well. Sunday is THE night for quality television!

  • Phil

    If any of your religious friends aren’t watching because of the 666, the devil has won.

    And it doesn’t matter since they don’t have Nielsen boxes.

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